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October 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Campaign financing: Just ignore political advertising

The editorial commentary of E.J. Dionne in The Seattle Times regarding political campaign financing is right on. My solution to this problem is to ignore most of what it pays for [“Money is driving partisanship,” Opinion, Oct. 12].

Posters, yard signs, handouts, mailings, advertisements, candidate speeches and most commentators on radio and TV are all suspect. I think The Seattle Times does a good job of presenting unbiased, performance-supported candidate recommendations. Debates also can be a good source for extracting some truths from candidates — if the moderator is competent in questioning and insists on responsive answers.

Hopefully, money won’t flow to political advertising that doesn’t pay off.

Roy Richards, Seattle

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